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Racing! McKinzie scores another big win on road to Kentucky Derby

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we take some early steps on the road to the Kentucky Derby.

Before we get to McKinzie’s easy win in the Sham Stakes let’s go to one of newer features we’ve added.

We’re going to lead off today with another lesson in handicapping by Rob Henie of the WCHR (West Coast Handicapping Report) and the ECHR. The thinking is by breaking down a race a detail you can learn to handicap like the pros.

Today, Rob looks at the fifth race at Santa Anita. Take it away:

FIFTH RACE: This is a $12,500 non-winners of two lifetime event at 1 1/16 miles. This is the lowest level on the circuit for “winners,” a term we’ll use lightly with this type of group. Top selection is CLICKJAB (No. 5). Here’s an example of “free placement,” knowing they can spot at this low level, without much fear of being claimed. Let’s take a look. He’s a 7-year-old who’s run only 14 times, running only three times in 2015, five times in 2016, and only one time last year. Very few, if any, will want a horse who shows up with that type of regularity, thus trainer Mike Puype can drop to the bottom looking for a paycheck. There’s also some encouraging signs here, back in only seven weeks since that last race, telling us the health could be improving, and with good health comes the opportunity to run well. The five drills in between races are also encouraging, and though we’re not expecting a double-digit price (which the WCHR and ECHR are known for), there were some nice lessons here. SOUTHERN THUNDER (No. 7) comes off a maiden win, but so often the mentality of many handicappers with regard to these cheap non-winners of two events is just so backward, here’s what we mean: Horses coming off a maiden win are often given less credence than multiple losers at this level, who’ve already been defeated at this N2L level, many on multiple occasions. Think about that for a second. Why should a horse coming off a possible career catalyst maiden win where confidence was finally gained finishing down the lane in front of the others, be looked at in a more negative light than horses who already won their maiden event, and since, have shown nothing against other multiple losers since that maiden score? Remember, nobody has won a race outside of their maiden victory. A good effort off the immediate liking he showed for the two turns last time out, won’t surprise one bit.

Race Outlook: Not a good group, but at least a couple angles with this pair.

Win Contenders (order of preference): 5-7

X Out Runners (eliminating on the win end): 2,3

Positive Notes:

1 Empire Ruler - Plodding sort should appreciate this more methodical distance.

Negative Notes:

9 Moonlight Blue – Kent Desormeaux and Vladimir Cerin have been clicking often in recent weeks, but Vladimir appears to be throwing the white flag up with this guy right now. We’ll look to beat.

TOP PICK: CLICKJAB (#5 3-1 Conner)

SECOND CHOICE: SOUTHERN THUNDER (#7 12-1 Frey)

The West Coast Handicapping Report can be found at https://www.westcoasthorseracing.com It has been endorsed by leading trainers, handicappers and industry sources.

Who goofed? Part 2

The unfortunate posting of the wrong horse during the TVG telecast of the Eclipse nominees was cleared up and credit to the Eclipse Awards for owning up to it. This note from Keith Chamblin, chief operating officer of the NTRA and a member of the Eclipse Award steering committee, hit my inbox Saturday morning.

“I wanted to let you know that TVG was provided erroneous information by the Eclipse Awards. It was entirely our mistake and we sincerely apologize to the connections of Oscar Performance and to TVG. Thankfully, we were able to correct the mistake within minutes.”

And, for the record, Mike Joyce of TVG handled the on-air part of that correction as effortlessly and professionally as possible. Move along, nothing to see here.

Santa Anita review

Good day on Saturday, as it looks as if McKinze is the real deal for trainer Bob Baffert. The colt picks up 10 more Derby qualifying points, bringing him to 20. If you get to 30, you usually make the field.

It’s no surprise that Baffert is masterfully brining along this colt. He removed blinkers to relax the horse after a much tougher race in the Los Alamitos Futurity, a race he finished second but was placed first after Solomini was disqualified.

I know this is going to seem like a bait and switch, but for the best look at Saturday’s Sham Stakes, please check out the story by my colleague Mike Tierney. (just click right here).

Santa Anita preview

Not a bad card for a Sunday after two graded stakes on Saturday. But, let’s look at the sixth race. It’s 6 furlongs for $10,000 claimers that are 4 or older. But here’s the catch. It’s restricted to trainers with fewer than 20 horses in California. This is one of those boutique races that Santa Anita boss Tim Ritvo has asked to be written for the little guy.

The purse is only $18,000 but that’s $2,000 more than a non-restricted $12,500 claiming race in the fifth. There are 12 horses entered in the sixth. Wish they could all win.

OK, on to the feature. It’s the eighth race, the Grade 2 $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes over 7 furlongs for 3-year-old fillies. It’s a Kentucky Oaks points race, so it’s worth watching. Unique Bella, who is up for an Eclipse Award, won this race last year in her 3-year-old debut.

A Mark Casse shipper, Win The War, is the 5-2 favorite. She is undefeated in two tries, one on turf and one on synthetic. Well see how she likes the real stuff. Midnight Bisou is the second favorite at 3-1 after two second place finishes, the last by a nose in the Desi Arnaz at Del Mar. She gets her third new jockey, with Mike Smith taking over for Rafael Bejarano, who took over from Tiago Pereira. The filly is trained by Bill Spawr.

Big Races review

A look at graded stakes or races worth more $100,000 or more on Saturday.

Gulfstream: $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes, 3 year olds, 7 ½ furlongs on the turf. Winner: Flameaway ($7.40 to win)

Gulfstream: $100,000 Ginger Brew Stakes, fillies 3 year olds, 7 ½ furlongs on the turf. Winner: Thewayiam ($13.00)

Gulfstream: $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Stakes, 3 year olds, 1 mile. Favorite: Mask ($4.80)

Santa Anita: Grade 3 $100,000 Sham Stakes, 3 year olds, 1 mile. Winner: McKinzie ($2.40).

Santa Anita: Grade 2 $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes, 4 and up, 1 1/8 miles on the turf. Winner: Itsinthepost ($6.60)

Big races preview

A look at graded stakes or races worth more $100,000 or more on Sunday. All times PST.

4:10 Santa Anita: Grade 2 $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes, 3 year olds, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Win The War (5-2)

Bob Ike SA play of the day

NINTH RACE No. 10 Red Livy (7-2)

Let's try to close out the abbreviated week with a winner as Red Livy has a good shot to take this field gate to wire. The Phil D'Amato-trained filly appears to be the quickest early, is drawn favorably outside and boasts two wins over the downhill course.

Saturday’s Result: Free Rose faded in mid-stretch to finish off the board.

Bob Ike is a Partner/VP of Horsebills.com and the proprietor of BobIkePicks.com (full-card picks, 3 Best Plays and betting strategy).

Ed Burgart LA play of the day

SECOND RACE: No. 6 Part Of My Heart (5-2)

She has been crying to run this longer distance, gets a comfortable outside post draw and should find a positive pace scenario to aid her late run. She missed the break two outs ago when rallying for second at 4 furlongs and had the rail draw in last third-place outing vs. a wire-to-wire winner. Speed rivals Sea Secret and Just A Gem figure to ensure a lively pace.

Final thought

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And now the stars of the show, Saturday’s results and Sunday’s entries.

Santa Anita Charts Results for Saturday, January 6.

Copyright 2018 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 7th day of a 59-day meet. Cloudy & Firm

FIRST RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $23,000. Waiver Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $25,000. Time 23.86 48.59 1:13.47 1:25.83 1:37.59


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

9 Quinn Murphy 123 9 6 8–1 8–1½ 9 7–1½ 1–1¼ Bejarano 4.10
3 Hotsy Dotsy 118 3 8 9 9 7–2½ 3–hd 2–nk Roman 8.40
8 Road Test 123 8 5 5–½ 5–1 3–hd 2–1 3–1 Gutierrez 7.30
6 Agent Nine T Nine 123 6 3 2–hd 2–hd 2–½ 1–hd 4–1½ Pereira 37.90
5 Midnight Swinger 123 5 9 7–1 6–1 6–hd 6–1 5–1½ Van Dyke 1.00
2 Tiz Adore 123 2 7 4–hd 4–hd 4–½ 5–hd 6–nk Quinonez 5.50
1 Lovely Linda 123 1 2 1–1 1–1½ 1–1 4–½ 7–2¾ Conner 14.00
4 Majestic Diva 123 4 4 6–hd 7–½ 8–hd 9 8–1½ Fuentes 78.20
7 Blondy's Reward 123 7 1 3–1 3–1 5–1 8–½ 9 Pena 92.10

9 QUINN MURPHY 10.20 5.00 3.40
3 HOTSY DOTSY 8.60 4.80
8 ROAD TEST 5.00
$1 EXACTA (9-3)  $43.40
$1 SUPERFECTA (9-3-8-6)  $2,286.50
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (9-3-8-6-5)  Carryover $3,326
50-CENT TRIFECTA (9-3-8)  $97.80

Winner–Quinn Murphy Dbb.f.4 by Giant Oak out of Velvet Hammer, by Smart Strike. Bred by Millennium Farms (KY). Trainer: Dallas E. Keen. Owner: Collinsworth Thoroughbred Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $238,637 Exacta Pool $156,202 Superfecta Pool $72,824 Super High Five Pool $4,358 Trifecta Pool $107,234. Claimed–Midnight Swinger by ERJ Racing LLC and Rothblum, Steve. Trainer: Doug O'Neill. Scratched–none.

QUINN MURPHY four wide into the first turn, settled outside a rival, came out into the stretch and again in upper stretch, rallied under left handed urging to the front in deep stretch and proved best. HOTSY DOTSY settled toward the inside, came out on the backstretch, went three deep leaving the second turn and five wide into the stretch and finished with interest to edge a rival late for the place. ROAD TEST four wide into the first turn, stalked three deep, came four wide into the stretch, bid four wide in the drive, drifted in, was between foes in deep stretch and held third. AGENT NINE T NINE stalked off the rail, bid three deep into the stretch then between foes, took a short lead, drifted in and fought back in deep stretch and was outfinished for the show. MIDNIGHT SWINGER a step slow to begin, went three deep into the first turn then tugged outside a rival on the backstretch, continued off the rail on the second turn, came out in the stretch and lacked the needed rally. TIZ ADORE saved ground stalking the pace, bid inside in the stretch and weakened late. LOVELY LINDA pulled her way to the early lead, set the pace inside, came off the rail into the stretch, was between horses nearing midstretch and weakened in the final furlong. MAJESTIC DIVA between horses early, angled in and chased inside, had the rider lose the whip leaving the second turn and did not rally. BLONDY'S REWARD three deep into the first turn, stalked outside a rival then between foes on the second turn, came out into the stretch and weakened.

SECOND RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $16,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $8,000-$7,000. Time 23.93 48.20 1:13.05 1:39.04 1:45.85


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

4 South Texas Lingo 123 4 6 5–hd 6–1 6–1½ 3–1 1–¾ Desormeaux 3.60
2 Roman Tizzy 116 2 1 3–hd 4–hd 4–hd 1–hd 2–2¼ Roman 4.00
7 Jonny's Choice 121 7 3 4–1 3–1 2–1½ 2–hd 3–¾ Elliott 12.70
3 Sense of Glory 121 3 4 2–2 1–hd 1–hd 4–3 4–5 Pena 7.80
6 Tisdale 119 6 5 6–1 5–1 5–1½ 5–1 5–2¼ Talamo 8.10
1 Tribal Jewel 121 1 7 1–½ 2–½ 3–hd 6–2 6–4½ Pereira 1.70
8 Mimis Big Boy 121 8 8 7–½ 7–½ 7–½ 7–4 7–2 Pedroza 34.90
5 Dream Police 121 5 2 8 8 8 8 8 Frey 11.20

4 SOUTH TEXAS LINGO 9.20 4.00 3.80
2 ROMAN TIZZY 4.40 3.20
7 JONNY'S CHOICE 5.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (9-4)  $60.80
$1 EXACTA (4-2)  $17.70
$1 SUPERFECTA (4-2-7-3)  $924.80
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (4-2-7-3-6)  Carryover $6,287
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-2-7)  $68.55

Winner–South Texas Lingo Dbb.g.5 by Oratory out of Shires Reflection, by El Prado (IRE). Bred by Ramona Seeligson Bass (TX). Trainer: Vladimir Cerin. Owner: Cerin, Vladimir and Slatin, James. Mutuel Pool $200,600 Daily Double Pool $58,025 Exacta Pool $121,131 Superfecta Pool $50,995 Super High Five Pool $3,879 Trifecta Pool $85,077. Scratched–none.

SOUTH TEXAS LINGO a bit washy at the gate, chased outside a rival, came out leaving the second turn and four wide into the stretch, bid under urging past the eighth pole, took a short lead in deep stretch and gamely prevailed. ROMAN TIZZY stalked a bit off the rail, split horses on the second turn, came out some in the stretch, bid between foes to take a short lead in midstretch, fought back inside the winner in the final furlong and went willingly to the end. JONNY'S CHOICE four wide into the first turn, bid three deep on the backstretch and into the second turn, took a short lead outside a rival approaching the stretch, battled a bit off the rail in midstretch and held third. SENSE OF GLORY prompted the pace outside a rival, took a short lead between horses on the backstretch, battled inside leaving the second turn and into the stretch and was outfinished for the show. TISDALE four wide into the first turn, chased outside, went three deep on the second turn and into the stretch and did not rally. TRIBAL JEWEL was sent to the early lead inside, dueled along the rail, dropped back on the second turn and weakened. MIMIS BIG BOY angled in and settled off the pace inside, came out into the stretch and did not rally. DREAM POLICE angled in and chased outside a rival, continued off the rail into the stretch and weakened.

THIRD RACE.

7 Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Maiden Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 22.95 45.98 1:11.18 1:24.34


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

8 Psychedelicat 122 7 5 2–hd 2–½ 1–2½ 1–2 Gutierrez 1.70
3 Is Trevor Clever 117 2 10 5–hd 8–1½ 5–2 2–2¼ Roman 2.80
10 Path of Exile 122 9 7 3–hd 3–1 3–½ 3–nk Puglisi 9.10
4 Spend It 122 3 1 8–1 5–½ 4–1 4–3¼ T Baze 9.50
7 Confirmed 122 6 3 1–1 1–1½ 2–1½ 5–¾ Maragh 5.90
11 Second Gear 122 10 2 7–hd 6–hd 7–1½ 6–½ Ochoa 47.70
6 Royal Rebel 122 5 8 9–1½ 10 8–3½ 7–1½ Pena 73.80
2 Royal Seeker 122 1 6 4–1 4–½ 6–½ 8–5½ Pereira 35.10
9 Beloved Holiday 122 8 4 10 9–½ 10 9–2¾ Fuentes 41.00
5 Mr. Matlock 122 4 9 6–hd 7–hd 9–1 10 Talamo 6.70

8 PSYCHEDELICAT 5.40 3.40 2.60
3 IS TREVOR CLEVER 3.80 2.80
10 PATH OF EXILE 5.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-8)  $34.60
$1 EXACTA (8-3)  $9.20
$1 SUPERFECTA (8-3-10-4)  $180.90
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-3-10-4-7)  $595.90
50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-3-10)  $26.80

Winner–Psychedelicat Ch.c.4 by Tale of the Cat out of Delaplane Darlin, by Afleet Alex. Bred by Robert V. Dobson (KY). Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer. Owner: Allen Racing LLC and Bloom Racing Stable LLC (Jeffrey Bloom). Mutuel Pool $322,310 Daily Double Pool $22,764 Exacta Pool $217,778 Superfecta Pool $101,782 Super High Five Pool $9,721 Trifecta Pool $149,324. Scratched–Spokane Eagle.

$1 Pick Three (9-4-8) paid $103.90. Pick Three Pool $71,371.

PSYCHEDELICAT stalked between horses, bid outside the pacesetter leaving the second turn, took the lead into the stretch and won clear under urging. IS TREVOR CLEVER bumped at the start, chased a bit off the rail then inside, came out into the stretch and was clearly second best. PATH OF EXILE close up stalking the pace three deep then off the rail leaving the turn and into the stretch and just held third. SPEND IT chased between horses then outside a rival leaving the turn, angled to the inside in midstretch and was edged for the show. CONFIRMED sped to the early lead and angled in, set the pace inside, dueled inside the winner leaving the turn and into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. SECOND GEAR chased four wide on the backstretch and most of the turn, came three wide into the stretch and did not rally. ROYAL REBEL settled a bit off the rail, angled to the inside on the turn, continued along the rail in the stretch and also lacked a rally. ROYAL SEEKER bobbled some and bumped a rival at the start, saved ground stalking the pace and weakened in the drive. BELOVED HOLIDAY settled outside a rival, came out into the stretch and lacked a rally. MR. MATLOCK chased between horses then off the rail into the stretch and had little left for the drive.

FOURTH RACE.

1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $54,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 3 year olds. Time 23.04 47.10 1:11.03 1:36.10 1:47.78


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

1 Paved 122 1 5 7–½ 5–1 4–hd 1–4 1–5½ Van Dyke 2.30
5 Ever So True 122 5 11 10–2½ 10–2 9–1½ 3–hd 2–nk Prat 2.10
11 Pacific Strike 122 10 4 8–2 8–½ 6–hd 4–hd 3–2¼ Bejarano 9.80
3 Curlin's Journey 122 3 3 9–1½ 9–3 7–2½ 6–8 4–2½ Elliott 53.20
10 Temple Princess 122 9 7 5–hd 3–1½ 3–1 2–½ 5–1½ T Baze 15.50
12 DQ–Rancor 117 11 2 1–1 2–2½ 1–1 5–hd 6–7 Roman 4.20
6 End of Now 122 6 9 11 11 11 7–3 7–3¼ Smith 8.80
7 Dr. Ann 122 7 1 4–2 7–hd 10–2 8–½ 8–6 Pereira 16.00
4 Conformation 122 4 10 3–hd 6–½ 8–hd 9–1½ 9–4 Gutierrez 47.00
9 Line Drive 122 8 8 6–1½ 4–½ 5–1½ 11 10–1¼ Frey 54.10
2 Roses and Candy 115 2 6 2–2 1–½ 2–2 10–2½ 11 Werner 123.60

1 PAVED 6.60 3.20 2.80
5 EVER SO TRUE 3.20 2.60
11 PACIFIC STRIKE 4.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-1)  $18.80
$1 EXACTA (1-5)  $8.60
$1 SUPERFECTA (1-5-11-3)  $873.80
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-5-11-3-10)  Carryover $2,285
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-5-11)  $29.50
$2 CONSOLATION DOUBLE (8-8)  $4.20

Winner–Paved Dbb.f.3 by Quality Road out of Sirmione, by Cozzene. Bred by St. George Farm, LLC (KY). Trainer: Michael W. McCarthy. Owner: Ciaglia Racing LLC and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. Mutuel Pool $474,080 Daily Double Pool $39,736 Exacta Pool $314,000 Superfecta Pool $148,503 Super High Five Pool $2,993 Trifecta Pool $213,023. Scratched–Lady Lemon Drop, Super Good. DQ–#12 Rancor–finished 6th, disqualified, placed 11th.

$1 Pick Three (4-8-1) paid $67.70. Pick Three Pool $32,409. $1 Consolation Pick Three (4-8-8) paid $21.10.

PAVED stalked the pace inside, came out on the second turn, bid three deep into the stretch to take the lead, kicked clear under left handed urging and drifted in and proved best. EVER SO TRUE squeezed at the start when bumped, settled a bit off the rail then inside, came out into the stretch, split horses in midstretch and edged a rival for the place. PACIFIC STRIKE angled in and chased outside a rival, split horses on the backstretch, came three deep into the stretch and was edged for second. CURLIN'S JOURNEY broke out and bumped a rival, saved ground chasing the pace to the stretch, came out some in the stretch and bested the others. TEMPLE PRINCESS angled in and saved ground chasing the pace, came out into the stretch, split horses in midstretch and lacked the needed rally. RANCOR pulled to the early lead and angled in, came in entering the first turn, dueled inside, kicked clear on the second turn but weakened in the drive. END OF NOW bumped at the break, settled a bit off the rail, went outside a rival into the stretch and did not rally. DR. ANN forced far wide into the first turn, angled in four wide on the backstretch then outside a rival into the second turn and lacked a rally. CONFORMATION squeezed at the start, was forced well wide into the first turn, angled in and chased outside a rival, found the inside on the second turn and was not a threat. LINE DRIVE angled in and chased outside a rival, came out on the second turn and four wide into the stretch and lacked a further response. ROSES AND CANDY pulled along the inside to press the pace, steadied and came out off heels into the first turn, dueled outside a rival, dropped back on the second turn, drifted out into the stretch and gave way. Following a stewards' inquiry, RANCOR was disqualified and placed eleventh for interference into the first turn.

FIFTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $100,000. 'Sham Stakes'. 3 year olds. Time 23.69 47.73 1:12.17 1:24.22 1:36.58


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

6 McKinzie 124 5 1 4–1 4–1 2–½ 1–1½ 1–3½ Smith 0.20
3 All Out Blitz 120 3 2 1–1 1–1 1–½ 2–3 2–4 T Baze 14.90
1 My Boy Jack 120 1 3 3–½ 3–hd 4–2 4–5 3–nk Desormeaux 6.90
5 Shivermetimbers 120 4 5 2–hd 2–½ 3–2½ 3–½ 4–7 Prat 4.50
7 City Plan 122 6 6 5–5 5–6 5–6 5–8 5–12 Conner 50.50
2 Here Is Happy 120 2 4 6 6 6 6 6 Talamo 46.90

6 MCKINZIE 2.40 2.40 2.10
3 ALL OUT BLITZ 7.20 3.80
1 MY BOY JACK 2.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-6)  $8.60
$1 EXACTA (6-3)  $7.10
$1 SUPERFECTA (6-3-1-5)  $31.60
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-3-1)  $12.30

Winner–McKinzie B.c.3 by Street Sense out of Runway Model, by Petionville. Bred by Summer Wind Farm (KY). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Watson, Karl, Pegram, Michael E. and Weitman, Paul. Mutuel Pool $473,466 Daily Double Pool $66,570 Exacta Pool $178,760 Superfecta Pool $88,905 Trifecta Pool $133,436. Scratched–Mourinho.

$1 Pick Three (8-1-6) paid $15.50. Pick Three Pool $97,299. $1 Consolation Pick Three (8-8-6) paid $4.00. 50-Cent Pick Four (4-1/8-1-4/6) 4410 tickets with 4 correct paid $41.00. Pick Four Pool $237,145. 50-Cent Pick Five (9-4-1/8-1-4/6) 1271 tickets with 5 correct paid $415.55. Pick Five Pool $614,431.

MCKINZIE stalked three deep, bid outside the runner-up leaving the second turn, came in a bit while taking the lead into the stretch, drifted in and drew clear under a left handed tap of the whip and a moderate hand ride then a hold late. ALL OUT BLITZ sent to the early lead and angled in, set the pace inside, fought back leaving the second turn, came out a bit into the stretch, angled off the rail past midstretch, could not match the winner in the final furlong but was clearly second best. MY BOY JACK pulled and saved ground stalking the pace, came out leaving the second turn and three wide into the stretch and edged a rival for the show. SHIVERMETIMBERS stalked between horses then a bit off the rail leaving the second turn, steadied in tight off heels into the stretch, angled in and was edged for third. CITY PLAN pulled and angled in outside a rival then stalked a bit off the rail to the stretch and weakened. HERE IS HAPPY dropped back along the inside and saved ground off the pace, continued inside into the stretch and failed to menace.

SIXTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $29,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Time 21.96 46.40 59.21 1:05.83


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

8 Sapphire Kid 122 8 5 6–½ 6–1½ 4–½ 1–1¼ Prat 5.40
5 Impecunious 122 5 7 3–2 3–2 2–1 2–¾ Smith 1.30
4 Smooth and Savvy 122 4 6 1–hd 1–hd 1–1½ 3–½ T Baze 8.00
6 Whatyouciswhatuget 122 6 8 7–hd 7–2½ 7–2 4–½ Frey 11.20
1 Whacked 122 1 10 5–1 4–½ 3–1 5–1¼ Gutierrez 53.30
7 Super Patriot 117 7 1 4–hd 5–hd 6–1½ 6–1¼ Roman 5.30
10 My Claw 122 10 9 10 10 8–5 7–4½ Quinonez 6.20
3 Dee Way to Go 122 3 3 2–1½ 2–1 5–1½ 8–5 Gonzalez 12.90
9 Tiz Simply Awesome 120 9 2 9–2 8–1 9–3 9–8½ Franco 67.20
2 Dixie Lassie 122 2 4 8–hd 9–hd 10 10 Linares 124.30

8 SAPPHIRE KID 12.80 5.60 3.80
5 IMPECUNIOUS 3.20 2.80
4 SMOOTH AND SAVVY 5.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-8)  $21.20
$1 EXACTA (8-5)  $23.30
$1 SUPERFECTA (8-5-4-6)  $1,035.60
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-5-4-6-1)  $5,923.50
50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-5-4)  $84.70

Winner–Sapphire Kid Dbb.f.3 by Richard's Kid out of Sensitive Soul, by Bernstein. Bred by Dahlberg Farms LLC (CA). Trainer: Rafael Becerra. Owner: Rockingham Ranch. Mutuel Pool $351,333 Daily Double Pool $27,523 Exacta Pool $230,580 Superfecta Pool $116,652 Super High Five Pool $4,768 Trifecta Pool $162,447. Scratched–Karmic Affinity.

$1 Pick Three (1-6-8) paid $36.20. Pick Three Pool $99,495.

SAPPHIRE KID chased between rivals, came three wide into the stretch, rallied under urging to the front in deep stretch and proved best. IMPECUNIOUS stalked off the rail, drifted five wide into the stretch, continued to drift out in midstretch and gained the place. SMOOTH AND SAVVY dueled outside a rival, inched away toward the inside in the stretch and held third. WHATYOUCISWHATUGET chased a bit off the rail then between foes leaving the backstretch, came three deep into the stretch and was edged for the show. WHACKED broke a bit slowly, stalked inside, came out into the stretch and was outfinished for a minor award. SUPER PATRIOT stalked outside then three deep, came four wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. MY CLAW settled outside then off the rail, angled to the inside on the turn and could not offer the necessary late kick. DEE WAY TO GO had good early speed and angled in, dueled inside, fought back on the turn and into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. TIZ SIMPLY AWESOME chased outside then four wide leaving the backstretch and three deep on the turn and weakened. DIXIE LASSIE saved ground chasing the pace to the stretch and gave way.

SEVENTH RACE.

1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $200,000. 'San Gabriel Stakes'. 4 year olds and up. Time 23.81 48.08 1:11.86 1:35.96 1:47.59


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

8 Itsinthepost 124 8 7 4–1½ 4–1½ 4–1½ 1–1 1–1¼ T Baze 2.30
1 Flamboyant 120 1 6 10 10 10 4–½ 2–¾ Van Dyke 6.80
2 Editore 122 2 4 6–1 6–1 6–1½ 5–hd 3–½ Blanc 17.60
10 Smokey Image 120 10 8 1–1½ 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–nk Roman 31.50
6 Isotherm 122 6 10 5–½ 5–½ 5–hd 2–½ 5–1¾ Prat 3.80
9 Free Rose 120 9 1 2–3½ 2–1 2–hd 6–1½ 6–¾ Maragh 5.50
7 He Will 120 7 5 8–2 8–1½ 9–hd 8–2 7–nk Smith 5.40
4 Win the Space 120 4 9 9–4 9–1½ 8–½ 7–hd 8–3½ Bejarano 23.90
5 Tequila Joe 120 5 3 7–hd 7–hd 7–1 9–1 9–8½ Talamo 25.70
3 Top of the Game 120 3 2 3–hd 3–hd 3–hd 10 10 Desormeaux 11.30

8 ITSINTHEPOST (FR) 6.60 3.80 3.20
1 FLAMBOYANT (FR) 6.60 4.80
2 EDITORE (BRZ) 7.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-8)  $64.60
$1 EXACTA (8-1)  $17.90
$1 SUPERFECTA (8-1-2-10)  $3,133.50
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-1-2-10-6)  Carryover $4,438
50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-1-2)  $80.55

Winner–Itsinthepost (FR) B.g.6 by American Post (GB) out of Sakkara Star (IRE), by Mozart (IRE). Bred by Julien Leaunes (FR). Trainer: Jeff Mullins. Owner: Red Baron's Barn LLC. Mutuel Pool $507,587 Daily Double Pool $52,815 Exacta Pool $273,188 Superfecta Pool $125,875 Super High Five Pool $5,815 Trifecta Pool $181,889. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (6-8-8) paid $32.10. Pick Three Pool $72,403.

ITSINTHEPOST (FR) stalked outside a rival then three deep on the second turn, bid outside the pacesetter into the stretch, gained the lead, inched away under urging and held gamely. FLAMBOYANT (FR) settled off the pace inside, went between horses into and on the second turn and three wide into the stretch and gained the place. EDITORE (BRZ) saved ground stalking the pace, waited some leaving the second turn then slipped through inside, steadied in tight along the rail nearing midstretch then got through on the fence and finished willingly. SMOKEY IMAGE broke outward, pulled to the early lead and angled in, set the pace a bit off the rail, found the inside leaving the second turn, came a bit off the fence in the stretch, drifted in a bit in midstretch and was edged for the show. ISOTHERM chased outside a rival, went three deep leaving the second turn and into the stretch and was outfinished for a minor award. FREE ROSE angled in and stalked a bit off the rail then inside, bid inside the pacesetter midway on the backstretch, tracked again into and on the second turn, came out into the stretch, was between foes in midstretch and lacked the needed late kick. HE WILL chased outside then three deep into and on the second turn, continued four wide leaving that turn and into the stretch and did not rally. WIN THE SPACE angled in and saved ground chasing the pace, continued inside into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response. TEQUILA JOE stalked a bit off the rail then between horses on the second turn, came three wide into the stretch and did not rally. TOP OF THE GAME stalked the pace a bit off the rail then between horses into and on the second turn and also weakened.

EIGHTH RACE.

7 Furlongs. Purse: $22,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. Time 22.67 45.75 1:11.30 1:24.84


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

8 Pica 121 8 8 3–½ 3–1½ 1–2 1–1 Bejarano 3.00
9 Devil's Beauty 118 9 6 5–1½ 5–1 3–hd 2–hd Roman 3.00
3 Velvet Jones 121 3 4 8–2 7–hd 5–½ 3–nk T Baze 7.50
6 Tiz Deliteful 121 6 7 4–½ 4–½ 4–hd 4–hd Conner 34.50
4 Scathing 121 4 1 7–hd 8–hd 7–hd 5–2¾ Gonzalez 7.70
2 Sea Myrtle 121 2 9 9 9 6–hd 6–1¾ Prat 5.60
7 Paschalitsa 121 7 5 1–hd 2–½ 2–½ 7–3½ Verenzuela 13.60
5 Dragon Flower 121 5 2 6–½ 6–hd 9 8–2 Quinonez 59.60
1 Kiss My Lulu 121 1 3 2–hd 1–hd 8–4 9 Franco 4.00

8 PICA 8.00 4.20 3.00
9 DEVIL'S BEAUTY 4.40 3.60
3 VELVET JONES 5.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-8)  $24.20
$1 EXACTA (8-9)  $12.60
$1 SUPERFECTA (8-9-3-6)  $829.90
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-9-3-6-4)  $3,186.50
50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-9-3)  $34.85

Winner–Pica Ch.m.8 by Consolidator out of Identify, by Halo. Bred by Stone Farm (KY). Trainer: Eddie Truman. Owner: Roper, James L. and Ilene A.. Mutuel Pool $321,862 Daily Double Pool $39,880 Exacta Pool $186,183 Superfecta Pool $92,562 Super High Five Pool $19,238 Trifecta Pool $127,429. Claimed–Devil's Beauty by David Jacobson. Trainer: David Jacobson. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (8-8-8) paid $98.00. Pick Three Pool $65,800.

PICA had speed four wide then dueled three deep, took the lead in upper stretch, inched away in midstretch and held gamely under urging. DEVIL'S BEAUTY stalked outside then four wide leaving the turn and into the stretch and finished willingly. VELVET JONES saved ground stalking the pace, came out between foes through the final furlong and was edged for the place. TIZ DELITEFUL had speed between foes then stalked off the rail, came out in the drive, continued between foes and was edged for third. SCATHING chased outside, went four wide into and on the turn and five wide into the stretch and was edged for a minor award. SEA MYRTLE settled a bit off the rail, went between rivals into and on the turn, came three deep into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. PASCHALITSA had good early speed and dueled between foes, fought back on the turn and into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. DRAGON FLOWER chased between horses, dropped back and angled in some leaving the turn and weakened. KISS MY LULU broke out a bit, went up inside to duel for the lead, put a head in front leaving the backstretch, fought back on the turn and weakened in the stretch.

NINTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $56,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 21.66 44.00 1:07.13 1:13.22


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

10 Instant Reflex 122 10 9 5–1½ 5–1 2–½ 1–½ Espinoza 1.40
9 Siberian Iris 122 9 7 11–hd 12 11–1 2–½ Prat 9.60
4 Beau Square 124 4 11 7–½ 6–1 5–hd 3–1 Gutierrez 9.20
1 A Little Bit Me 124 1 3 3–hd 1–½ 1–½ 4–½ Frey 23.70
6 Cash Prize 124 6 1 4–1½ 4–hd 3–1 5–ns Talamo 5.70
11 Rooms 122 11 5 6–1 8–1½ 7–hd 6–hd Pena 58.00
2 Cynthiana 122 2 10 10–½ 10–1 8–hd 7–nk Quinonez 25.00
12 Salten Sapity 122 12 4 8–1 9–hd 10–1 8–¾ T Baze 11.40
7 Phantom Proton 122 7 8 12 11–2½ 12 9–½ Van Dyke 10.90
3 Lady Espionage 122 3 12 9–½ 7–hd 6–1 10–hd Elliott 72.20
8 C. C. Zipp 122 8 6 2–hd 3–1½ 4–1½ 11–3 Bejarano 6.60
5 Literary Critic 117 5 2 1–hd 2–½ 9–½ 12 Roman 29.20

10 INSTANT REFLEX 4.80 3.40 2.80
9 SIBERIAN IRIS (IRE) 8.80 5.40
4 BEAU SQUARE 4.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-10)  $26.80
$1 EXACTA (10-9)  $21.90
$1 SUPERFECTA (10-9-4-1)  $1,851.90
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (10-9-4-1-6)  $6,654.60
50-CENT TRIFECTA (10-9-4)  $69.65

Winner–Instant Reflex Dbb.f.4 by Quality Road out of Without Delay, by Seeking the Gold. Bred by Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding (KY). Trainer: James M. Cassidy. Owner: D P Racing. Mutuel Pool $452,880 Daily Double Pool $135,029 Exacta Pool $286,641 Superfecta Pool $158,292 Super High Five Pool $15,782 Trifecta Pool $214,340. Scratched–Mongolian Shopper, Tweeting.

$1 Pick Six Jackpot (1-4/6-8-8-8-10/13/14) . Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $193,956. $1 Pick Three (8-8-10) paid $32.90. Pick Three Pool $195,154. 50-Cent Pick Four (8-8-8-10/13/14) 4741 tickets with 4 correct paid $145.90. Pick Four Pool $906,514. 50-Cent Pick Five (4/6-8-8-8-10/13/14) 1452 tickets with 5 correct paid $176.15. Pick Five Pool $335,147. $2 Pick Six (1-4/6-8-8-8-10/13/14) 2364 tickets with 5 out of 6 paid $18.80. $2 Pick Six (1-4/6-8-8-8-10/13/14) 155 tickets with 6 correct paid $1,795.20. Pick Six Pool $389,387.

INSTANT REFLEX stalked outside then off the rail, came four wide into the stretch, bid outside foes in the stretch, gained the lead past midstretch, drifted in, inched clear and held under urging. SIBERIAN IRIS (IRE) settled between horses then a bit off the rail, came out in upper stretch and closed willingly. BEAU SQUARE chased between rivals early then just off the rail, came out crossing the dirt and into the stretch and finished with interest between horses. A LITTLE BIT ME had good early speed and dueled inside, inched away into the stretch, came a bit off the fence in the drive and was outfinished for a minor share. CASH PRIZE dueled between horses then stalked a bit off the rail, continued inside leaving the hill, bid again between horses in the stretch and was outfinished. ROOMS chased outside then three deep leaving the hill and four wide into the stretch and could not quite summon the needed late kick. CYNTHIANA chased a bit off the rail then inside, came out in the stretch and continued between horses in the final furlong. SALTEN SAPITY settled outside then alongside a rival to the stretch, also went between horses in the final furlong and could not quite offer the necessary response. PHANTOM PROTON settled outside then three deep on the hill and four wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. LADY ESPIONAGE between horses early, chased a bit off the rail then inside to the stretch and also lacked the necessary late kick. C. C. ZIPP had speed to duel four wide then three deep leaving the hill and weakened in the final furlong. LITERARY CRITIC dueled between horses down the hill, dropped back in the stretch and weakened. Rail on hill at zero.


AttendanceHandle
On-Track7,677$1,371,215
Inter-TrackN/A$2,309,219
Out of StateN/A$9,049,106
TOTAL7,677 $12,729,540

Santa Anita Entries for Sunday, January 7.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 8th day of a 59-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $54,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Jungle WarfareMike Smith122Jerry Hollendorfer3-1
2PointedMatt Garcia122Marsha D. Schwizer8-1
3Liberal LunacyTyler Conner122John W. Sadler15-1
4Ready EddieMario Gutierrez122Doug F. O'Neill15-1
5Eskimo RosesGeovanni Franco122Mick Ruis5-2
6ColosiJoseph Talamo122Mark Glatt12-1
7Knight DisruptorEvin Roman117Neil D. Drysdale10-1
8Rockaway Kyle Frey122Doug F. O'Neill20-1
9ImpetuFlavien Prat122Michael W. McCarthy6-1
10Real QuickKent Desormeaux122Robert B. Hess, Jr.20-1
11ScrambledTiago Pereira122Philip D'Amato6-1

SECOND RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $56,000. Allowance. 4 year olds and up. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Miracle MarchRajiv Maragh122John W. Sadler8-1
2Tony BlackjackJoseph Talamo122Philip D'Amato5-1
3Hardcore TroubadorRuben Fuentes122Edward R. Freeman5-2
4Black Tie 'n TailsStewart Elliott120Peter Miller8-1
5Executive CatEvin Roman115Mark Glatt4-1
6AmodeiGeovanni Franco120Mick Ruis15-1
7Swiss MinisterBrayan Pena122Genaro Vallejo6-1
8BolsterFlavien Prat120Leonard Powell7-2

THIRD RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $33,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $32,000-$28,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Distinctive BEvin Roman116Peter Miller9-532,000
2Magic TasteTiago Pereira121Marcelo Polanco15-132,000
3Papa TurfJoseph Talamo121Brian J. Koriner4-132,000
4MarriedtothemusicStewart Elliott121David Jacobson3-132,000
5Tough But NiceGeovanni Franco121Hector O. Palma6-132,000
6New KarmaTyler Conner121Jerry Hollendorfer6-132,000
7Boy HowdyMartin Pedroza121William Spawr6-132,000

FOURTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $58,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Beautiful BeccaMario Gutierrez120Jerry Hollendorfer15-1
2Blame It On AlphieMike Smith122Richard E. Mandella6-1
3Moonless SkyKent Desormeaux124Eddie Truman7-2
4Fizzy Friday Flavien Prat120Philip D'Amato6-1
5Arch of TroyStewart Elliott120Mark D. Tsagalakis12-1
6Starlite StyleGeovanni Franco124Hector O. Palma20-1
7Princess PrincessTyler Conner122Richard Baltas10-1
8MeadowsweetDrayden Van Dyke120Simon Callaghan6-1
9CordialityTyler Baze120Mark Glatt6-1
10Sweet Charity Rafael Bejarano122John W. Sadler4-1
11Domestic VintageKyle Frey122Neil D. Drysdale20-1
Also Eligible
12Betty DraperTiago Pereira120James M. Cassidy15-1
13Do the DanceEvin Roman119Gary Sherlock10-162,500

FIFTH RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $16,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $12,500.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Empire RulerEvin Roman119Blake R. Heap12-112,500
2Lucky PatrickGeovanni Franco124Jorge Gutierrez30-112,500
3Proud of Our KidsMartin Pedroza124Eddie Truman15-112,500
4OrejasLaura Werner117Richard Baltas4-112,500
5ClickjabTyler Conner124Mike Puype3-112,500
6Run Like RhettTyler Baze124Blake R. Heap5-212,500
7Southern ThunderKyle Frey124Jeff Mullins12-112,500
8Alpha UnoSaul Arias124Gerard Piccioni30-112,500
9Moonlight BlueKent Desormeaux124Vladimir Cerin6-112,500
10RooseveltTiago Pereira124David Bernstein6-112,500

SIXTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $10,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Private ProspectRajiv Maragh121Paulo H. Lobo12-110,000
2Cherokee DynastyAustin Solis121Jose Antonio Moreno10-110,000
3Dutt BartEdgar Orozco121Jesus Nunez20-110,000
4Rim DitchCesar Franco114Victor Fernandez12-110,000
5Lewys VaporizerKent Desormeaux121David Jacobson5-210,000
6Winning CausewayEvin Roman116Genaro Vallejo6-110,000
7Old Man LakeBrayan Pena121Rafael Becerra6-110,000
8OvercomerTiago Pereira121Charles S. Treece12-110,000
9Chin TuAlonso Quinonez121Antonio Garcia50-110,000
10AirfoilAlex Jimenez121Justin B. Clark3-110,000
11Proud ZoningJuan Ochoa121Sal Gonzalez50-110,000
12IndavidualistMatt Garcia121Gary Stute8-110,000

SEVENTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $43,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$45,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Girl DownstairsJoseph Talamo121Peter Eurton5-150,000
2Mongolian ShopperFlavien Prat121Enebish Ganbat6-150,000
3SaidaMartin Pedroza121Jack Carava20-150,000
4CarrieCesar Franco112Charles R. Stutts50-145,000
5Snow Cloud Drayden Van Dyke121James M. Cassidy4-150,000
6AllsquareTiago Pereira119Philip D'Amato8-145,000
7Peach Cove Evin Roman114John W. Sadler9-245,000
8ScattagirlKent Desormeaux119Leonard Powell8-145,000
9An Unusual GroupRafael Bejarano121Steven Miyadi6-150,000
10DemigoddessModesto Linares121Charles R. Stutts30-150,000
11Del Mar AnnCorey Nakatani121Richard Baltas5-150,000

EIGHTH RACE.

7 Furlongs. Purse: $200,000. 'Santa Ynez Stakes'. Fillies. 3 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Artistic DivaVictor Espinoza120John W. Sadler6-1
2Steph Being StephStewart Elliott120Brian J. Koriner15-1
3StreetwithnonameJoseph Talamo120Eoin G. Harty20-1
4AlliannaKent Desormeaux120Peter Miller6-1
5War HeroineFlavien Prat120Peter Miller4-1
6Yesterday's NewsMario Gutierrez120Simon Callaghan8-1
7Win the WarTyler Gaffalione120Mark E. Casse5-2
8Midnight BisouMike Smith120William Spawr3-1
9Just a SmidgeDrayden Van Dyke120Bob Baffert15-1

NINTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $30,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $25,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1LookinforadangerTyler Conner121George Papaprodromou15-125,000
2Rosie My RosieTiago Pereira121Robert B. Hess, Jr.8-125,000
3Sturdy OneMartin Pedroza121Ian Kruljac5-125,000
4JoyableStewart Elliott121Dallas E. Keen20-125,000
5SummertimemischiefBrayan Pena121Kathy Walsh15-125,000
6Not too ShinyRajiv Maragh121Jack Carava10-125,000
7ComealongwithmeDrayden Van Dyke121Neil French15-125,000
8DissensionKent Desormeaux121Peter Miller4-125,000
9Liar's SmokerCorey Nakatani121Jerry Hollendorfer6-125,000
10Red Livy Tyler Baze121Philip D'Amato7-225,000
11Fruity Evin Roman116Mark Glatt6-125,000
Also Eligible
12Gemini JourneySantiago Gonzalez121William Spawr8-125,000
13Miss Boom BoomRafael Bejarano121Doug F. O'Neill9-225,000
14Kennedie SkyBrayan Pena121Rafael DeLeon20-125,000

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